A number of people have, are currently, or are planning to walk (or run), the Wales periphery or the Wales Coast Path. These are ones I know about. Have there been others? If so do let me know.
Anne-Marie “Arry” Beresford-Webb ran all the way round Wales last year, 39 successive days with a marathon everyday. So far she has collected nearly £10,000 pounds for Velindre Cancer Centre’s Stepping Stones Appeal.
- fund raising: http://www.justgiving.com/dragonrun1027
- web: http://dragonrun1027.wordpress.com/
- blog: http://dragonrun1027.tumblr.com/
- facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Dragonrun1027
- twitter: @dragonrun1027
Steve Webb walked round Wales last summer, collecting for his school St David’s College.
- fund raising: http://www.justgiving.com/Dragonwalk2012
- blog: http://dragonwalk2012.wordpress.com/
- facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dragon-Walk-2012/258102517596972
- twitter: @DragonWalk2012
Walk Wales 1027
Dave Quarrell another round Wales walker last year, collecting for Cancer Research Wales. Seeing this photo is making me hope the little Thayers kiosk is still there on Penarth Pier.
- fundraising: http://www.walkwales1027.com/donate.htm
- web: http://www.walkwales1027.com
- blog: http://walkwales1027.com/wp/
- facebook: http://www.facebook.com/walkwales1027
- twitter: @WalkWales1027
Wath Walk 2012
Zoe Wathen walked the Wales Coast Path last year … after having walked the South West Path in 2011 … what will she do in 2013?
- fund raising: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/wathwalk
- blog: http://www.wathwalk.com/ (now at Internet Archive only)
- facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WathWalk
- twitter: @WathWalk
Wales Coast Challenge
Kyle Samuel, Adam Robinson, and Marcus Thomas, are aiming to walk the coast path (870 miles), or as far as they can manage, in 30 days.
- fund raising: http://www.walescoastchallenge.co.uk/
- web: http://walescoastchallenge.weebly.com/
- blog: http://walescoastchallenge.weebly.com/challenge-blog.html
- facebook: http://www.facebook.com/walescoastchallenge
- twitter: @HelpUsLearnWCC
Walk on Wales
A marathon effort (but not in the sense of Amy’s 39 marathons!), from August through to October 11 teams will be walking the coast path aiming to raise £1 million for the Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal and Combat Stress.
- fundraising: http://www.walkonwales.org/sponsor-us
- web: http:/www.walkonwales.org/
- facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WalkonWales
- twitter: @WalkonWales
Walking Wales 4 MND
Justin Hostettler-Davies is walking from Prestatyn to Porthcawl (670 miles), starting July 12th and finishing 37 days later. This and his subsequent challenges have been to raise funds (over £14,000 to date) and awareness of Motor Neurone Disease.
- fundraising: https://www.justgiving.com/walkingwales4MND/
- web: http://walk4mnd.blogspot.co.uk/
Rosie Unsworth Challenge
Rosie is walked the Coast Path clockwise collecting for WaterAid. She finished on 26th July 2013 and is the first Brazilian to complete the Wales Coast Path.
- fundraising: http://www.justgiving.com/RosieUnsworth-walescoastalpath
- twitter: @Rosie3012
- social hiking: http://www.shareyouradventure.com/map/google/Rosie3012/Walking-the-Wales-Coast-Path
Will is walked the full periphery to promote outdoor activity in Wales for the youth. He is the youngest person to do the complete circuit since the Wales Coast Path opened.
Donkey around Wales
Hannah Engelkamp walked around Wales starting and ending in Aberystwyth where she was brought up, and for company she has Chico a seaside Donkey. I’m not sure how she coped with the stiles en route! She has produced a book and film about the journey.
- web: http://seasidedonkey.co.uk/
- blog: http://seasidedonkey.co.uk/category/the-blog/
- twitter: @hannahengelkamp
Nikki is Walking Round Wales
Nikki McAllister-Freeman is currently walking the whole way round Wales in stages in aid of Cancer Research UK.
Siriol – Cerdded Cymru / Walking Wales
Siriol is walking all round wales to raise awareness of and raise money for Pancreatic Cancer. She is no novice at walking having already trekked in South America for the same cause, a very personal mission having lost her father to the disease.
- fund raising: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Siriol
- website and blog: http://www.siriol.com
- facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SiriolG
- twitter: @siriolg
… and more long-distance walkers not (just) walking Wales
And here are a few more people doing long distance walks (and runs) in other places.
Christian around Britain
Christian went round the Wales coast last autumn, but as part of a 6500 mile trek around the whole coast of Britain in aid of Help for Heroes.
- fundraising: http://www.bmycharity.com/ChristianNock
- web: http://www.christianaroundbritain.co.uk
- twitter: @ChristianNock1
Elsie Downing: Run the Coast
Elsie Downing is nearing the end of running 5000 miles round the coast of the UK — an amazing feat of endurance.
- fundraising: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/runthecoast
- web: https://elisedowning.com/
- facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elisecdowning/
- twitter: @elisecdowning
2WalkTo charity walk
- fundraising: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/walktotnes
- blog: http://2walkto.blogspot.co.uk/
- twitter: @2WalkTo
Ross Packman is hiking the 630-mile South West Coast Path (SWCP), aiming to raise £5000 for the Alzheimer’s Society.
- fundraising: http://www.justgiving.com/forgottenpaths
- web: http://www.forgottenpaths.org
- twitter: @forgottenpaths
David Cotton maintains a list of people past and present who have or are walking the entire coats fo Britain. Some, like Chrstian Nook, all in one go, and some sectional walkers, doing a portion at a time, sometimes over many years.
The first such walker was John Merrill, who completed it in 1978. I didn’t recall the name, but do remember it being reported a the time, I think on Blue Peter. I think about half way round he got March Disease (small stress fractures of the foot bones) and had to take a sort beak for his feet to heal.
As a tiny child I used to look at the globe and imagine walking all the way round (swimming between the Aleutian Islands!), so hearing about this first round Britain walk was wonderful.
Thanks to Ted Richards, himself a complete Wales-England Coast walker, for letting me know about this great resource and inspiration.